Timeless Pilot Review: A Time Traveling Crime Drama
Timeless is the latest time travel show to be developed. Amidst the lack of Doctor Who, the new show Timeless may find a true following of those in withdrawal from their favorite Doctor. Abigail Spencer plays Lucy Preston, a professor who is taking care of her sick and ailing mother when the Department of Defense comes knocking asking for her help. She is taken to a secure facility where she meets Wyatt Logan, a Delta Force member and Agent Denise Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey). Agent Christopher explains that a thief named Garcia Flynn has stolen their other time machine and traveled back in time to 1937. They do not know of his intentions but they must find him and bring him back before he can do irreparable damage to the past and ultimately the future.
Their pilot is Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), who points out that he is a black man and there aren’t any places in American history where he would be welcomed. The three travel back to 1937 and in an attempt to stop Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic), get involved in a huge event in history, thus potentially altering the future. Wyatt is obviously the brawn, Rufus is the pilot and Lucy is there to make sure they are as accurate to the time period as possible.
The show has real potential to be incredibly interesting and have a really long run. It is apparent that they pay really close attention to the history behind the show and are looking to be as accurate as possible. I love any shows that play with the “what if” question and history. The performances are pretty good, but nothing totally mind-blowing in the pilot. All the characters are really likable and the more time spent with the characters, the more they will grow on you.
The special effects look pretty good and I’m excited to see how they enhance them further as the show continues. The writing is well done and the characters are interesting. They each have their own issues and lives surrounding their mission, which ultimately shapes how they behave in the past. It is a really interesting concept and has the potential to be truly great. Timeless has history, intrigue, love, and loss. It is a well-rounded show, sure to gain a dedicated following in the fall of 2016.